Knowth find is major treasure

Irish Times, Tuesday, September 7, 1982.

Mr Haughey at the Knowth tomb
Professor George Eogan (left), of UCD, Professor Brendan Ó Ríordáin, director of the National Museum, and the Taoiseach, Mr Haughey at the Knowth tomb yesterday

Knowth Macehead

A flint mace-head, regarded by experts as one of the great treasures of Ireland's past, has been unearthed at the Neolithic tomb at Knowth, Co. Meath, where excavations have been in progress for many years under the direction of Professor George Eogan, of the Department of Archaeology, University College, Dublin.

The elaborately decorated object, thought to have been a symbol of authority, is just over three inches long and has a maximum width of 2.5 inches. It was found a few days ago by Mr. Liam O'Connor, of Tullyallen, Drogheda, on of a team of local men employed on excavations at the site.

Mr Haughey at Knowth
Mr. Liam O'Connor (left), of Tullyallen, Drogheda, Co. Louth, who found the mace-head, meeting the Taoiseach, Mr Haughey yesterday

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